Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a major thrust of PILCD’s work and is a cross cutting framework in the development of its adult and community education programs.

PILCD strongly believes that education is a cornerstone of human development and it has the power to effect meaningful change to address the challenges and risks brought by climate change.

The challenges and risks in our climate changed world placed us to come into terms with our past and current behaviors, lifestyle practices and our views of society, the economy, the world, the environment and humanity in general.

It bared the flaws of our past and current development models and paradigms that gave birth to our current environmental and climate predicament. It is a strong urgent call for us to rethink the dominant views that influence the social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental dimensions of our lives.

PILCD’s ESD framework and strategy aspires to provide a platform for critical thinking and reflection that raises questions not only on the content and purpose of education but of the dominant political, economic, and social assumptions that influence education in any given setting.

This is done thru the following strategy:

1. Training and formation of community educators and influencing educators in the formal sector thru teachers training and advocacy; and

2. Embedding the values and principles of sustainable development in the planning, designing of its community education programs

Current and past projects:

  1. Youth-Led Sustainable Community Development Project in partnership with the Asia Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO (ACCU)
  2. Strengthening Environmental Education in Publcis Schools and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) supported by the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE)
  3. Alternative Learning for Out of School Youths